For the last 30 years, Studio Ghibli‘s films have stood at the pinnacle of beautiful and emotional animation, from Hayao Miyazaki’s 1986’s Castle in the Sky to the upcoming The Red Turtle, which won Un Certain Regard Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Now, in Tokyo, fans can step directly into these worlds at the Studio Ghibli Exhibition, which includes a massive airship from Castle in the Sky, as reported by Thecreatorsproject.
From everyone’s favorite rabbit-bear Totoro acting as a bartender to a life-size Catbus on the premises, Ghibli’s iconic characters and settings are one step closer to turning the real world into anime. Between this and Pokémon Go, we here at Nerdist are all in for this new anime-world lifestyle.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a two-and-a-half-by-six-meter model of the airship from Castle in the Sky. While this version may not be on its way to Laputa, it does overlook the Tokyo skyline from its place on the 52nd floor. Hanging from the ceiling, this airship slowly bobs up and down to simulate flight and boasts moving propellers and oars. And because Studio Ghibli wants us to cry like the adult babies we are, the entire setup lights up once the sun goes down, illuminating the otherwise pitch black room. A lighthouse that draws us back to our childlike imagination and wonder. It probably also keeps people in other buildings awake, but that’s a price we’re willing to pay.
While we wish Totoro could stay our neighbor forever, the exhibit unfortunately closes September 11. Until then, however, if you’re a diehard Ghiblet and happen to be in Japan, be sure to check this out.
If you’re not in Japan, check out more images from the exhibit in the gallery below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Images: @Tokyo_Cityview/Studio Ghibli